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August 23, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Horizons Workrooms bringing VR to online meetings

Will virtual reality (VR) trump Zoom? Facebook certainly hopes so with its new Horizon Workrooms, a free app for users of the company’s Oculus Quest 2 headset, a device that starts at $299. The app allows groups to socialize in VR and move the still niche medium beyond entertainment uses such as gaming.

According to this article from WRAL TechWire, Horizon Workrooms allows up to 16 VR headset users to meet in a virtual conference room, with each of them represented by a customizable cartoon-like avatar that appears as just an upper body floating slightly above a virtual chair at a table. The app supports up to 50 participants in a single meeting, with the rest able to join as video callers who appear in a grid-like flat screen inside the virtual meeting room.

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